Live Dealer Job Requirements
You can become a live dealer with or without previous experience at a land-based casino. Though it helps if you have experience in either dealing, presenting and playing table games, as the new employer will see you have the aptitude and interest in the job role, you’ll require less training than someone who knows nothing.
You are, however, expected to have an understanding of the games you’re applying to be a live dealer for.
If you don’t, use online resources to learn how to play and then have a go on the online tables and play for real.
Practice with friends and also watch croupier training videos on YouTube.
In reality, your job application will depend on how presentable you look and whether the employer thinks you can be the face of the game.
Being willing to relocate is a significant factor as well.
You’ll likely go through a standard training program, ensuring you meet a minimum standard across the three base games of Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette.
As you progress in the role, you’ll find your niche, which could be related to language or specific game types.
For example, a Chinese baccarat live dealer in Malta or a live roulette dealer at an XXXtreme Lightning Roulette table.
There is a danger you’ll end up with less job mobility if you are employed in a niche game, so be sure to find a supplier that gives you plenty of cross-training opportunities. Otherwise, you’ll probably be typecast for good.
And I do intentionally use the word typecast. This is, in fact, a job where you’re cast to play a specific role.
The more complex live games have less competition for live dealer jobs. For example, to be a live baccarat dealer, you must have a perfect real-time understanding of the complexities of the third card rule in baccarat. On the other hand, roulette jobs are easier to find.
As native-language live dealer games are increasingly popular, there is a growing demand for live dealers with native-language skills. It’s just an advantage not having English as your native language. While the competition for jobs is still fierce, securing a position as a Turkish live dealer may be easier than an English-speaking one.
The same goes for other nationalities considered exotic, such as Indian live dealers for games such as Teen Patti and Andar Bahar.
If you are not a native English speaker, the first step you should take is to check if any company is specifically seeking your nationality.
This may increase your chances of employment significantly. For instance, if you are a young, experienced Greek croupier and a company actively seeks Greek live dealers, well, hundreds of people probably won’t be applying.